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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Address: Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-223-8666
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Ranked #16 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a great night with great friends !!!! We had a cruise around the harbor ..Wow What a view !!! Love Boston !!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Nice boat ride and a fun escape. Park staff is terrific - friendly, helpful. I wish the boats were cheaper and more frequent.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I've visited the Boston Harbor Islands at the last weekend of September. It was a very, very hot Sunday, so I was able to enjoy fully of the beach of Spectacle Islands. But first I visited George Island with the first ferry from Boston. Great morning, nice comments during the trip to George Island about the harbor of Boston. With... More

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We've taken the ferry on nice summer days to Spectacle Island and to Georges Island. I suggest leaving early and doing one or the other, so you have enough time to enjoy the island - i.e. not trying to rush to both on the same day. Both have cafes with sandwiches, juices, etc. and there are often activities like live... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The islands are stunning. Coming into the city from the south, Little Brewster with Boston Light (under repair) is gorgeous. Each island has its own beauty and challenges.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We loved wandering around this area, there is lots to see and do and in the sunshine was a lovely way to spend a day. Went on a whale watching trip and to the Aquarium.

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Jackson, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

we spent a few hours and walked around. the area was clean and busy and a great way to spend an aftrernoon. You can do anything you want, eat, boat, sites, people watch, etc.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

With 34 harbor islands (most part of the National Parks) the harbor islands are the best part of Boston - by far! Take the public ferry from the Aquarium, or go to www.ConstitutionYachtCharters.com for a private boat.

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Visited Nut Island, and what spectacular views of the harbour islands and of Boston itself. Only takes about 15 minutes by car, and well worth seeking out, away from the normal tourist trail.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The city is just as beautiful from afar as it is close up. Many options here so a harbor tour as a starter may help first timers pick an island they want to visiit. My favorites are Spectacle, George's and Peddocks.

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